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Staff
Senior Pastor

Rev. John Parille

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Reverend John Parille is our Senior Pastor here at Bethel UMC.  Pastor John comes to us with years of business, sales and marketing experience. This experience coupled with his depth of spirituality, passion for bringing Christ to the world and his love for people, offers a major contribution to our our ministry team here at BUMC. Pastor John began his pastoral ministry by serving as an Associate Pastor at New Life UMC in New Fairfield CT in 2010. Pastor John was then appointed as Pastor to the Gaylordsville UMC in August of 2013. Pastor John was then appointed to Bethel UMC in July of 2016.

In addition to handling the normal pastoral duties of preaching, teaching and visitation— Pastor John helps our church by putting a face to our church out in the community. He develops strategies to help fulfill the segment of our new vision statement of “being relevant in our community.”

This includes reaching local families who are unchurched, developing evangelism teams, working closely with our leaders and members  to provide instruction on evangelism, follow-up of visitors and developing marketing strategies to make our ministry known in the Greater Bethel area.

Pastor John is married to his wife Maria and they have four daughters.


Assistant Pastor

Pastor John Esposito

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Pastor John, his wife Tammy, and their two sons have been members of the Bethel United Methodist Church for over 20 years. Pastor John was recently named the Assistant Pastor of Outreach and Evangelism. This new role and honor comes from years of serving God through serving others.

Pastor John was the volunteer Youth Minister for both of our Jr. & Sr. High for 10 years. He has been serving with the Appalachia Service Project for 16 years, and was blessed to be a summer chaplain in the summer of 2016. He is involved with Project Return, Americares, Homefront, Rebuilding Together and Habitat for Humanity. He is member of both the Fairfield County Emmaus and Tres Dias communities.

Pastor John served honorably in the United States Marine Corps and is a member of the Marine Corps League Ridgefield Detachment. He is a member of the Staff Parish Relations Committee and the Co-Chair of Outreach. He is also a board member of the Bethel Community Food Pantry.

Pastor John is a certified Stephen Minister and is enrolled in the  Vet to Vet training program for Hospice as well as working on the Methodist Course of Study to become a local licensed Pastor.

When not at church Pastor John loves to spend time with his family. He currently works full time as the Shipper for Ring’s End Lumber at their Wilton location where he also runs their company wide Toys for Tots program.


Music Director

Jessica Bardelli

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Jessica Bardelli was born and raised here in Bethel, and is a lifelong member of Bethel United Methodist Church. She was brought up in the BUMC community, attending Sunday School with Linda Van Tassel, one of her first musical influences. 

Jessica began playing the clarinet in 1991, and has since become accomplished in all woodwind instruments as well as piano. She went on to pursue a career in music, receiving a Bachelor of Science in Music Education, with a focus in saxophone.

Jessica is the Director of Sales and School Services at Bethel Music Center, and teachers private lessons as well. She is an active area musician, singing and playing with Crosstown, and singing with her quartet, Hangtime; along with many other musical endeavors.

In her spare time, Jessica enjoys baking and volunteering with Appalachia Service Project, and is an active member of the Tres Dias community of Fairfield County.


Praise Team Leader

Erin Volpintesta

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Erin Volpintesta has been attending BUMC since 2002 and is very excited to be a part of the Sunday Night Live worship band.

    Professionally, Erin and her husband Rob Volpintesta have been running Angel Thorne Music, a music lesson school and recording studio, in Bethel for the past 17 years. Alongside their private teaching practice, Erin opened Spark Arts, a community performing arts school in Bethel in early 2015 which is aimed at uniting the greater community through the arts.

    Erin was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA where she received her Bachelor in Music from California State University, Long Beach. In Los Angeles she performed with Opera Pacific, various rock and jazz ensembles and multiple theatrical productions.

    Spiritually, Erin was raised in a loving and musically rich church community that nurtured and encouraged her to always put God first.  As a teen, Erin joined up with YWAM (Youth With A Mission) and their music outreach which sent her ministering to France and Belgium. Alongside YWAM, she helped lead music in her church youth group, as well as, when needed in weekend services.

   Erin and Rob are the proud parents of three wonderful kids Farrah, Rosie and Rocco!